35 days in Australia Itinerary

35 days in Australia Itinerary

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35 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Sydney
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Melbourne
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Cairns
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Townsville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Mackay
— 1 day
Drive:  11​h 15​min
7
Fraser Island
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Rainbow Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Noosa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Brisbane
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Gold Coast
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
12
Byron Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
13
Sydney
— 1 night
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Frankfurt

6
nights
Sydney

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Step out of the city life by going to Bondi Beach and Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palm Beach and Bronte Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Shelly Beach (in Manly) and Katoomba (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, The Giant Stairway, & more). There's still lots to do: see a show at Sydney Opera House, enjoy the sand and surf at Clovelly, take in nature's colorful creations at The Royal Botanic Garden, and stroll through Manly Beach.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sydney trip itinerary maker .

Frankfurt, Germany to Sydney is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Frankfurt to Sydney, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Frankfurt in January; daily highs in Sydney reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katoomba, Palm Beach, Shelly Beach, Bronte Beach, Tamarama Beach
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Bronte Beach ©
Bronte Beach
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman

4
nights
Melbourne

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Step out of the city life by going to Eastern Beach Reserve and 13th Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Melbourne Museum and Shrine of Remembrance. Get out of town with these interesting Melbourne side-trips: Ballarat (Art Gallery of Ballarat & Ballarat Wildlife Park). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, and contemplate the long history of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip website .

Fly from Sydney to Melbourne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Melbourne when traveling from Sydney in January, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballarat, 13th Beach, Eastern Beach Reserve
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Eastern Beach Reserve ©
Eastern Beach Reserve
Ballarat Wildlife Park ©
Ballarat Wildlife Park
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

3
nights
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Explore hidden gems such as Palm Cove Beach and Historic Village Herberton. Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Michaelmas Cay. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Atherton Tablelands.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Cairns trip planner .

You can fly from Melbourne to Cairns in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in January; daily highs in Cairns reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Townsville.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Historic Village Herberton, Palm Cove Beach
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Atherton Tablelands ©
Atherton Tablelands
Scuba & Snorkeling
Palm Cove Beach ©
Palm Cove Beach

1
night
Townsville

Townsville ©
Tucked snugly beneath a steep, craggy mount--known as Castle Hill--the vibrant city of Townsville is as picturesque as its backdrop.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): head off the coast to Museum of Tropical Queensland, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Strand, and then brush up on your military savvy at Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Townsville trip maker site .

Getting from Cairns to Townsville by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Townsville

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Royal Australian Air Force Townsville Museum
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:
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Museum of Tropical Queensland ©
Museum of Tropical Queensland
The Strand ©
The Strand

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
On the 19th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Airlie Beach vacation builder tool .

Getting from Townsville to Airlie Beach by bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Airlie Beach can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Mackay.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling

1
day
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Gooseponds, tour the pleasant surroundings at Harbour Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Town Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Fredericks Showcase Space.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mackay trip builder site .

You can drive from Airlie Beach to Mackay in 2 hours. January in Mackay sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fraser Island.

Things to do in Mackay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Town Beach ©
Town Beach
Harbour Beach ©
Harbour Beach

1
night
Fraser Island

Fraser Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): kick back and relax at Seventy-Five Mile Beach and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McKenzie.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fraser Island online trip itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Fraser Island. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Mackay in January since evenings lows in Fraser Island dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Rainbow Beach.

Things to do in Fraser Island

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Seventy-Five Mile Beach ©
Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Lake McKenzie ©
Lake McKenzie

2
nights
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach ©
Rainbow Beach is a coastal town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Barnacles Dolphin Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): explore the activities along Poona Lake, then visit a coastal fixture at Double Island Point Lighthouse, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Carlo Sand Blow.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Rainbow Beach travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach by car takes about 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Noosa.

Things to do in Rainbow Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Barnacles Dolphin Centre, Double Island Point Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 24:
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Carlo Sand Blow ©
Carlo Sand Blow
Barnacles Dolphin Centre ©
Barnacles Dolphin Centre
Poona Lake ©
Poona Lake

2
nights
Noosa

Noosa ©
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Mooloolaba Beach, step into the grandiose world of Sunshine Castle, and then kick back and relax at Marcoola Beach. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Noosa National Park and then get great views at Laguna Lookout.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Noosa trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Rainbow Beach to Noosa in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brisbane.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Marcoola Beach, Sunshine Castle, Mooloolaba Beach
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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Mooloolaba Beach ©
Mooloolaba Beach
Noosa National Park ©
Noosa National Park
Marcoola Beach ©
Marcoola Beach

2
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Moffat Beach, admire the masterpieces at Queensland Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Shorncliffe Beach. On your second day here, take a stroll through West End, get lost in a book at State Library Of Queensland, and then stroll through Dicky Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Brisbane itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Noosa to Brisbane in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Brisbane are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Caloundra
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:
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Moffat Beach ©
Moffat Beach
West End ©
West End
Queen Street Mall ©
Queen Street Mall

3
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kurrawa Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Gold Coast road trip planning website .

You can drive from Brisbane to Gold Coast in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. January in Gold Coast sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Byron Bay.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
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Kurrawa Beach ©
Kurrawa Beach
Kirra Beach ©
Kirra Beach
Greenmount Beach ©
Greenmount Beach

3
nights
Byron Bay

Byron Bay
Named after Lord Byron's grandfather, Byron Bay is not only famous as the easternmost point of Australia, but even more so as one of the liveliest vacation spots in the country.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Broken Head Beach and Wategos Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cape Byron Walking Track and Pat Morton Lookout. Explore Byron Bay's surroundings by going to Ballina (Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Beach), Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah) and Hastings Point Headland (in Hastings Point). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Broken Head Nature Reserve and explore the activities along Lake Ainsworth.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Byron Bay tour itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Byron Bay in an hour. Another option is to drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Byron Bay

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ballina, Lennox Head, Broken Head, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Hastings Point Headland
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
Cape Byron Walking Track
Cape Byron Walking Track
Broken Head Beach ©
Broken Head Beach

1
night
Sydney

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Balmoral Beach, Mosman.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sydney online journey planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Byron Bay to Sydney in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Gallery of New South Wales

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